Brittanie Priest

EELB 532
Week 2 Reading Response
Chapter 1: The Science Education Imperative

One of the problems about teaching science is the amount of information that is known.

Even when we think we know something is fact, new technology proves us wrong and gives us

new information that is known to be true. In science, there are also many controversial topics

such as stem cell research, evolution versus intelligent design, and global warming.

Due to the fact that there is so much information known in the field of science,

elementary teachers are expected to have a wide-ranging base of knowledge of science in order

to properly teach the standards. It’s important that elementary science teachers have studied life

science, physical science, and earth-space science.

Sometimes great inventions in science happen by accident. While trying to invent one

thing, sometimes we get something different, and it works and becomes a saving medicine, like

penicillin. Discovery and invention requires someone to search, look, and often fail.

Teaching science to children is best done when we listen to children. We need to listen to

their ideas and thoughts about science, but also what they have difficulty with. Sometimes a child

is able to explain an idea in science in a way that the teacher didn’t think of, and therefore can

help other students understand the concept.

There is no right or wrong way of doing science. Most students learn that the “right” way

to do science is the scientific method. That is one way to do science, but doing and

experimenting in other ways is also the “right” way of doing science.
After the Soviet satellite Sputnik was launched, Americans were both sad and furious that

the Soviets made it to space first. This event lead us to believe that it was our education system

that failed us, so a committee was called and they decided that students should learn science the

way scientists do science. This lead to the education system being more focused on the process

than the content of science.

A lot of study goes into educational science and what teachers should teach their students.

In the science standards, the different disciplines of science merge together into the same grade

levels. For example, in grade four, the standards range from life science and biology to physical

science along with earth science as well. When I was in elementary to high school, these science

disciplines were always kept separate.